acknowledged that the weeks ahead present a test of leadership. and, peter, forget about the republican takeover of the house. it looks like the president has significant challenges in the lame duck session ahead. >> you think your plate is full, he has a lot on his plate and not a lot to be thankful. he has had a couple weeks since the election. look at what is on agenda since then. asian trade, tax cuts, nato summit, the new start traity, afghanistan transition, iran talks maybe, middle east maybe, unemployment, the dream act, the t.s.a. patdowns. that's before north korea starts opening fire at its southern neighbor. this is at a time when we should be thinking how to recalibrate his presidency to move ahead. any one of these things provide a test long before he has the chance to recatch his breath and think about what i want to do in this new political environment. >> i'm interesting in his thinking right now. you were on the overseas trip, you spent a lot of time with him.